Final yr, Apple introduced again the MagSafe by integrating a magnetic attachment to the again of its iPhone 12 telephones. Whereas up to now it has solely been used to cost the system and maintain equipment, what if it might be leveraged to connect a full-frame sensor to the iPhone?
YouTuber the Hacker 34 — whose actual identify is Kevin — makes tech ideas on his YouTube channel that vary throughout gadgets. He’s proven what he thinks the new iMac 2021 would look like in the course of final yr, has shared a concept for the AirPods 3, and even got here up with a concept trailer for Windows 11.
Many of those concepts are his takes on identified or speculated future gadgets, however his newest is a completely distinctive imaginative and prescient for an iPhone accent.
Referred to as the Apple MagCam (or MagSafe Digital camera), Kevin describes it because the “iPhone digicam on steroids.” In his imaginative and prescient, this gadgets would characteristic the primary full-frame sensor on a smartphone, making it the lightest (solely 210 grams) true skilled digicam system on the planet.
“Say whats up to Sensible HDR and 8K on a full-frame 50MP sensor: Appropriate with any E-mount lenses, powered by the iPhone’s reverse cost functionality, and runs on the A14 Bionic of the iPhone,” Kevin writes.
He additionally envisions stellar photograph and video high quality because of a brand new professional mode and “industry-leading” integration by way of iOS. The renderings boast some spectacular specs and embrace 50-megapixels, a mixture of optical and digital 5-axis picture stabilization, 759-point phase-detection autofocus that features Eye-AF, an ISO vary of fifty to 204,800, Sensible HDR and Deep Fusion, 30 frames per second burst, and as much as 8K at 30 frames per second and 4K at as much as 120 frames per second with each in Dolby Imaginative and prescient. The digicam would additionally have the ability to shoot in ProRAW and HEIF. Oh, and this system would clearly be a really public partnership with Sony, as it might settle for all E-mount lenses. All this, for a theoretical worth of simply $799.
That is clearly only a enjoyable thought and never an idea that has any hope of being an actual product given the current bodily limitations — at the least not one that may intently match the renderings. Not solely does the MagCam system look a bit too skinny to appropriately accommodate E-mount lenses (to not point out stabilization), however the true difficulty can also be warmth dissipation. This system is so skinny and light-weight that it might be very straightforward to overheat it given the unbelievable top-of-the-line specs that Kevin envisions.
As neat as this concept is, market analysis most likely wouldn’t see it come to market however the aforementioned technical limitations constructing such a tool would face. In 2015, Olympus tried an identical idea referred to as the Olympus Air: a 16MP digicam with a Micro 4 Thirds lens mount that was operated by a smartphone. Whereas it didn’t reap the benefits of a proprietary know-how like MagSafe, it did supply lots of the expertise that Kevin envisions for the MagCam. That system hasn’t seen widespread success, and whereas Olympus still markets it as a concept it supports, you’ll be hard-pressed to search out one new to buy. Because it seems, individuals don’t appear to love carrying large lenses to make use of in tandem with their small, pocket-sized gadgets.
But it surely’s enjoyable to dream, proper?